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NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Opens First of Four Wellness Rooms for Employees at Gotham Health, Cumberland

The wellness rooms provide healthcare staff a satisfying respite from work duties

Jun 28, 2024

Lata Singh, COO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health; Dr. Purnima Popli, Medical Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland; Jeremy Segall, NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Wellness Officer; Jaqueline Narine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Chair of Board of Directors; City Council Member Crystal Hudson; and others celebrate the opening of the new Wellness Room at Gotham Health, Cumberland

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health announced the opening of new wellness room at Cumberland. It is the first of four new wellness rooms to be established at various Gotham Health sites, in collaboration with NYC Health + Hospitals H3 Wellness program. This wellness room is designed to provide a quiet place for employees to recharge, de-stress, unwind, and heal. The new wellness room features visually enhanced environments with art, music, and lighting, offering a satisfying opportunity for all staff to enjoy a serene space for relaxation and rejuvenation, as well as connection with opportunities for debriefs. The wellness room was co-designed with WXY Studios, focusing on comfort and functionality to create an inviting atmosphere that encourages self-care. Following the opening at Gotham Health, Cumberland, additional wellness rooms will include Gotham Health, East New York; Gotham Health, Belvis; and Gotham Health, Morrisania.

“I am so thrilled to open this wellness room, a sanctuary designed to support our dedicated healthcare professionals at Cumberland,” said Michelle Lewis, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health. “Our incredible team provides high-quality healthcare services to the community, and it’s essential that they have a safe and calming space to decompress and recharge from their daily challenges.”

“Wellness rooms continue to be a cornerstone of NYC Health + Hospitals’ Helping Healers Heal wellness programming. They provide a sanctuary for staff to destress while at work and for staff to take a moment to care for themselves. Wellness rooms are a permanent fixture demonstrating NYC Health + Hospitals’ investment and commitment to workforce wellness. These spaces ensure that our employees focus on their own needs in order to meet the needs of the patient populations they serve,” said Jeremy Segall, MA, RDT, LCAT, FPCC, NYC Health + Hospitals Assistant Vice President and System Chief Wellness Officer

“Our goal is to create an environment that fosters relaxation and rejuvenation, providing our employees with a much-needed respite from their demanding work,”said NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Chief of Infrastructure and Support Services Officer, Roman Ryniewski. “The wellness room project underscores our commitment to enhancing the workplace experience and supporting our team.”

“Today, we are excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new wellness room at Gotham Health, Cumberland,” said Purnima Popli, MD, Medical Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland. “This wellness room is a sanctuary for our staff, offering a much-needed space to recharge, de-stress, and find balance in our daily lives.”

“We see the wellness rooms as spaces of social connection, with colorful nature graphics that aim to nurture and support our essential healthcare workforce,” said Julie Torres Moskovitz, Director of Sustainability for WXY, the architecture firm that designed the new wellness rooms. “This project came into fruition with a beautiful collaboration from so many different voices. The results are remaking these neutral spaces into art- and nature-filled zones to recharge and relax, and we are excited to see the project evolve with a life of its own now that the doors are open.”

Helping Healers Heal or H3, is the foundational infrastructure for enhanced Wellness programming across all service lines of NYC Health + Hospitals to address emotional and psychological needs of all staff. The Wellness program focuses on the following 8 Dimensions of Wellness:

  • Emotional – coping effectively with life and creating satisfying well-being for oneself.
  • Environmental – Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being.
  • Financial – Feeling informed with current and future financial well-being including preparing for short/long term goals and emergencies.
  • Intellectual – Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
  • Occupational – Finding personal satisfaction and feeling valued in one’s work.
  • Physical – Acknowledging the importance of physical activity, nutrition, and sleep
  • Social – Developing a sense of connection, belonging and support of others.
  • Spiritual – Discovering a sense of greater purpose and individual meaning.

To learn more about NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland services, or to make an appointment, call 844-NYC-4NYC.


MEDIA CONTACT: Nash Dunlap, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, 212-238-7766


About NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Provider formed in 2012 to enable individuals and families to address their health care needs in their own neighborhoods. Serving more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens, Gotham Health consists of 30 healthcare sites in all five boroughs of New York City. Gotham Health provides easy-to-access, high-quality, affordable health care services with a focus on primary care. It is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and building healthy communities, with a focus upon providing patients and families convenient access to high-quality preventive care, such as annual check-ups and immunizations. Health care teams are trained to help patients manage ongoing conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.